You have a little booze in your James Beard
Last month I ventured to the Addison because of their two James Beard nominations and this month, I visited another San Diego nominated venue, Polite Provisions.
Polite Provisions was so fun. Half styled as an apothecary, the other half greenhouse. It is a lovely little bar. The sun shines in through the glass ceiling while the bartender/mixologists make some truly delectable concoctions served in old-timey glassware. I thought the whole vibe of this bar was super fun. Kind of Prohibition speakeasy without the password at the door exclusivity. I really liked that it was just a nod to this type of bar instead of making itself overly kitchy and one-note. We had the bartender choose our cocktails, you know how much they just love hearing things like, “ummm, I don’t know what I want. Just make me something fun...” But they didn’t visibly roll their eyes at our request, they simply got to it and produced some really delicious cocktails. They made me an Ocean Side, a fun and herbaceous gin cocktail finished with lime, mint and celery salt. My friend Steph received an Uncle Jalapeno—tequila, jalapeno, and pineapple soda—from the bartender, Elliot, whom she found very attractive. Yep, that’s what she said and since this was our first drink of the evening, I know it was not the booze talking. Although later, at the musical Rain, when she was insisting over and over again that, “It is 2016” and getting her knickers in a twist over the overt sexism even though I kept telling her that the play wasn’t written in 2016...that certainly was the booze talking—loudly. “It is 2016” has become our new catchphrase whenever anything even slightly ridiculous happens...but, it’s 2016. I love it. Anyhoo, back to Polite Provisions. The prices are more than fair, in fact it is surprisingly inexpensive. I was not expecting that at all; our cocktails were a mere $8 a piece!! This is definitely a place to visit and revisit and revisit, before and after an evening out.
So, I had a fun night out and Polite Provisions was the highlight...oh, and Steph talking at the other theatre-goers, filled with righteous indignation that a 100 years ago women were treated unfairly...”it is 2016” after all.
Polite Provisions is located at 30th and Adams and is open:
Mon.-Thu. 3 p.m.-2 a.m.
Fri.-Sun. 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m.